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Platform games (platformers) are action games in which the playfield is set up as a series of planes (floors, levels, or platforms) for the player to navigate.

Platform games often involve combat, but include additional challenges by making navigation hazardous. Often the challenges of overcoming environmental dangers surpass those posed by combat. The player character is usually required to jump over gaps and damaging areas, or to access a different platform. In many platform games the player character is very vulnerable and can die easily from falling damage, environmental traps, or enemy attacks.

Early platform games (e.g. Donkey Kong) were confined to one screen and required the player character to climb in order to reach higher platforms. Later platformers, popularized by Super Mario Bros., began to focus on traversing side-scrolling levels, often within an allotted time limit, fending off upcoming enemies and jumping. This style, commonly referred to as jump-and-run, has preserved itself in many later platformers as well.

Other platform games, such as Prince of Persia, emphasize exploration, combat, and problem-solving in addition to the usual platform challenges. Such games have become known as cinematic platformers. This style has had a considerable influence on many 3D platformers (e.g. later Prince of Persia games, ICO, etc.), which incorporate extensive puzzle-solving.
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Commodore 64 (1987)

In the low light areas of a city, a stray cat is out to prove that it is the meanest...

Ooops Up Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

In this game, you are a space traveller lost in space. You have to travel to 100 stars (or levels),...

Oozi: Earth Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oozi: Earth Adventure is a classic style platformer game in which the player controls Oozi, a crash-landed alien attempting to...

Open Season Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Open Season for GBA is based on the film, and is quite different from the console version. The story in...

Nintendo DS (2006)

Open Season is based on the Sony Pictures Animation's CG animated film of the same name, where a rowdy brood...

Open, Sesame! Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Open, Sesame! is an action platform game. You control Ali Baba, and your goal is to reach the cave of...

Open Sonic the Hedgehog Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Open Sonic is a freeware, open-source platformer inspired by the venerable Sonic games of the nineties, but with some differences...

Operation C Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Operation C is a Game Boy sequel to the popular NES titles Contra and Super C and is, essentially, a...

DOS (1998)

Operation Cleaner is a Finnish freeware game exploring a very unique genre of gaming: demolition of buildings. The player is...

NES (1991)

Agent George, a CIA agent, is sent to Iraq and Kuwait to save the oil refineries in the Gulf and...

Ophidian Wars: Opac's Journey Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Opac's Journey is a side-scrolling platform game that follows the titular Opac as he explores the underground caves, searching for...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of BurgerTime for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original BurgerTime arcade game,...

DOS (1991)

The evil overlord Bytor and his supreme wizards have stolen The Ankh. This Ankh is said to have incredible powers...

Orphan Feast Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Orphan Feast is set in London circa 1886. The player controls Creaky Tom, who is hired by Oliver Twisted to...

Oscar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1996), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Your name is Oscar. You have to run and jump through 7 Levels in Hollywood-style (Science Fiction, Western, Horror, Cartoons,...

Oscura Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Oscura is a side-scrolling platformer with the eponymous character whose job was to protect the lighthouse. Its ray kept the...

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekij┼Ź Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1988)

One day, Osomatsu's five brothers went missing. The mischievous Iyami, of course, must be behind this! With great haste, Osomatsu...

Ostron ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Riding an Ostrich, you must do battle with buzzard-mounted knights. Rather than shooting at them or fighting hand-to-hand, the combat...

The Ottifants Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Bruno is a baby Ottifant. It's an ordinary evening, and Bruno's dad is working late at office. Reason enough for...

Arcade (1995)

A shadowy figure known only as Mr. Acme has hired seven hitmen to eliminate seven big-time art collectors - and...

Outland Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Outland is a 2D platformer that combines mechanics from different games and genres, with fast and agile movement, a large...

Out of This World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (2006), Windows 3.x (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Jaguar (2013), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), 3DO (1994), Apple IIgs (1992), Symbian (2005), Zodiac (2007) and Macintosh (1993)

A young physics professor named Lester conducts a particle experiment. Suddenly, something goes wrong, a lightning strikes, and in a...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Out on a Limb is a flick screen platform game based on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. You...

Oxymous Prime Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oxymous Prime is a hybrid between a shot'em up and a platform game, developed with RPG Maker VX and released...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players control Ozzy who was forced to land his spaceship on a planet after it ran out...

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